With over 80 restaurants participating in the spring return of San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW), one would have to eat more than 12 times a day for seven days to taste them all. Do you say “Sorry kids, we’re eating nonstop for spring break” or whittle it down to a reasonable must-eat-at list?
We’re here to help with a list of our top 10 participating restaurants and the dishes we’re ready to order.
Tiramisu at Giardino. Image source: @giardinosd.
Italian Cucina | serving lunch and dinner
You’re bound to discover deep, deep comfort in every mouthful at this Lemon Grove standout. Go for the Meat Lollipops, Chicken Marsala, and Tiramisu.
Image source: @catamaranresortsandiego.
American, California | serving dinner
There’s a Risotto California on the SDRW menu with artichokes, English peas, herbs, and mascarpone that was made for this season.
Image source: @bleubohemesd.
French | serving dinner
Three courses at Bleu Boheme for $65 is a steal. Checking out the SDRW menu, we’d pick the Croquette de Crabe (crab croquettes), Confit de Canard (the duck), and Pain d’Epice (warm gingerbread).
Image source: @greatmaple_hillcrest.
Modern American | serving brunch, lunch, and dinner
For the brunch picture with Lemon Ricotta Toast and a Grilled Chicken Kale and Quinoa Salad that’s healthy and scrumptious.
Image source: @piperoceanside.
California | serving dinner
Piper’s menu is designed to showcase ingredients with refined skills. The food always feels cozy and elevated and the service is always friendly.
Image source: @eatpuesto.
Mexican | Serving lunch and dinner
They’ve got the two major food groups that truly matter in San Diego: guacamole and tacos.
Image source: @solaresandiego.
Contemporary Italian | serving dinner
Handmade pasta sets the stage for a unique Italian dining experience. Solare is always a standout meal and a mainstay on SDRW recommendations.
Image source: @georgesatthecove.
California | serving lunch and dinner
Anyone who has had the pleasure of dining at George’s knows an hour with the view is worth $60 alone. The fact they want to feed us options like Citrus Salad, Yuzu Pepper Half Chicken with polenta, and Guava Tres Leches cake is a bonus.
Image source: @fairmontgranddelmar.
California Bistro | serving brunch, lunch, and dinner
Image source: @verbenakitchensd.
American, California | serving lunch and dinner
Holy Smokes. I’m ready to start the car NOW for this SDRW lunch menu but the option to add on the infamous VK deviled eggs for dinner might be an incentive to stay all day. The cocktails, the flavors, and the vibe of Verbena Kitchen captures the intimate, casual foodie vibe of our hometown pretty perfectly.
Image source: @verbenakitcensd.
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